Good news travels fast. ‘Sticky’ ideas even faster.
In her recent comments, fellow teacher and moodler Mary Cooch (known also as @moodlefairy) mentioned how the staff at their school spend a couple of minutes of their weekly meetings talking about their use of Moodle in the classroom. I loved the idea and in the brief email exchange that followed hinted that I will try to use it here at our school too.
This afternoon, I had a cryptic staff meeting agenda item called ‘Share’.
When I got my turn to speak, I simply asked:
‘Could you please share ONE thing or strategy you have found Moodle useful for in your classroom.”
Silence. Tick, tock, tick, tock – 15 seconds.
Then it opened. What followed was just about the best 8 minutes of my three years at this school – 10 short stories, 10 people, 10 different uses, 10 different skill levels. Genuine, specific, relevant, encouraging … and more we haven’t heard because of the crammed agenda.
As I write this, an email popped into my inbox from a colleague Aaron. This is the last sentence from it:
“What took place in today’s staff meeting is exceptionally rare, so from one colleague to another, well done”
I find myself happy and sad at the same time.
Sad? Because, as Aaron says, it is exceptionally rare. Making such things standard practice won’t change a few staff meetings – it will change the profession we are in.